I am an ethnographer and social theorist by training and practice; my work centers on the study of politics, culture, and public religion. My recent book with Oxford University Press (2015), New Monasticism and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism, deploys textual analysis, historical research, and five years of ethnographic fieldwork on the new monasticism—an urban communitarian religious movement involving young progressive evangelicals and others—to analyze recent political and religious transformations in the field of American evangelicalism through a Bourdieusian lens.  My dissertation involved a national, comparative ethnographic study of new evangelical strategies for engaging the public and the poor based on fieldwork I conducted in Portland, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston. This work examines the relationship between the “new evangelicalism” and ethical democracy as it is understood in the German and classical American pragmatist traditions of Jürgen Habermas, Jane Addams, and John Dewey.